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8 Nov, 2019

Why biodegradables won’t solve the plastic crisis

By |2019-11-08T09:47:05+00:00November 8th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Why biodegradables won’t solve the plastic crisis

Throwaway plastic has found its way into almost every aspect of our lives: from the disposable coffee cup you pick up on the way to work or the straw in your smoothie, to the hidden fibres woven into wet wipes and tiny glittering fragments in make-up. Of the 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic [...]

3 Nov, 2019

Fish waste-based alternative to plastic wins Dyson Award

By |2019-11-03T17:53:53+00:00November 3rd, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Fish waste-based alternative to plastic wins Dyson Award

A biodegradable bioplastic made from red algae and waste products from the fishing industry has won the UK section of the 2019 James Dyson Award. Created by Lucy Hughes, MarinaTex is an alternative to the single-use plastics such as those used in sandwich packets. Read full article

14 Oct, 2019

Researcher: Biobased, biodegradable polymers may not be as eco-friendly as you think

By |2019-10-14T09:15:06+00:00October 14th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Researcher: Biobased, biodegradable polymers may not be as eco-friendly as you think

"Biobased" and "biodegradable" are terms that are bandied about universally when discussing solutions to the proliferation of polymer waste, according to Ramani Narayan, distinguished professor at Michigan State University. But both terms are useless unless people understand what they mean and how they work scientifically, Narayan told his audience in his keynote [...]

14 Oct, 2019

Do or dry? The future of UK anaerobic digestion

By |2019-10-14T08:11:14+00:00October 14th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Do or dry? The future of UK anaerobic digestion

As part of its waste and resources strategy, the UK government proposes that – subject to certain conditions – every household in England should have access to a separate food waste collection from 2023, when at present barely half do. At present, households in England produce around 386,000 tonnes of separately collected food waste. WRAP estimated [...]

30 Sep, 2019

Iceland boss Richard Walker claims ‘Big Plastic’ is pressuring supermarkets to abandon their green efforts

By |2019-09-30T12:08:03+00:00September 30th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Iceland boss Richard Walker claims ‘Big Plastic’ is pressuring supermarkets to abandon their green efforts

Plastic manufacturers are putting “huge pressure” on UK supermarkets to abandon their efforts to eliminate plastic bags and food packaging from their stores, the managing director of the frozen food chain Iceland has told i. “Big Plastic” is pushing retailers and brands to embrace recycled plastic - which environmentalists argue is fuelling the nation’s plastic pollution [...]

4 Sep, 2019

Business Secretary launches £10 million Brexit readiness fund for business organisations

By |2019-09-04T10:01:21+00:00September 4th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Business Secretary launches £10 million Brexit readiness fund for business organisations

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom today unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019. The Business Readiness Fund is open to business organisations and trade associations throughout the UK and will support events, training and the production [...]

14 Aug, 2019

August 2019 NNFCC Biobased Products News Review

By |2019-08-14T09:59:02+00:00August 14th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on August 2019 NNFCC Biobased Products News Review

Initiatives such as the BioPreferred program, managed by the USDA, can help to encourage the increasing growth and use of biobased products. In two parts, the BioPreferred program has both a voluntary labelling initiative for biobased products, and mandatory purchasing requirements for federal agencies and their contractors. Appropriate labelling is an important [...]

6 Aug, 2019

Interview with Shaun Chatterton, Floreon

By |2019-08-06T08:17:57+00:00August 6th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Interview with Shaun Chatterton, Floreon

We are very pleased to welcome Shaun Chatterton for this week’s interview. Shaun is the CEO and Founder of Floreon, ‘The No.1 Performing Bioplastic’. Ten years in the making, Floreon is now at the stage where innovators and early adopters are switching away from their old packaging materials and selecting this fully-sustainable option. [...]

21 Jun, 2019

Aldi to introduce 19p paper bags to cut ‘1,300 tonnes’ of plastic annually

By |2019-06-21T09:22:02+00:00June 21st, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Aldi to introduce 19p paper bags to cut ‘1,300 tonnes’ of plastic annually

From next month half of all Aldi stores in the UK will offer paper bags and the rest will offer compostable carrier bags. At the end of the trial, the option most popular with customers will be selected to roll out across the UK and offered alongside Aldi’s other reusable bags. Retailers [...]

4 Jun, 2019

Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals – here’s how it could affect your health

By |2019-06-04T14:55:32+00:00June 4th, 2019|News from the web|Comments Off on Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals – here’s how it could affect your health

The internet cheered in December when Trader Joe’s announced it would take meaningful steps towards making its packaging more sustainable. The supermarket chain outlined a plan that included reducing and eliminating excess waste, using materials that could realistically be recycled and avoiding harmful substances. It’s the last part that medical and environmental [...]